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Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola: 'Fikayo Tomori playing beyond my expectations'

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Club legend and former assistant manager Gianfranco Zola admits that Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori is exceeding his expectations at Stamford Bridge.
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Gianfranco Zola has admitted that he did not expect Fikayo Tomori to become a first-team regular at Chelsea.

After spending a year in the Championship with Derby County, Tomori has established himself in the centre of Chelsea's backline, while also earning international recognition with England.

Zola worked on the backroom staff at the Blues last season, and the club legend has acknowledged that the academy graduate's progression has come as 'a big surprise'.

The Italian is quoted by the London Evening Standard as saying: "Last year we had him in the pre-season and we couldn't see all the qualities that he is showing now.

"That is a surprise and a big lesson for us and me personally as well. They are going beyond my expectations."

The 21-year-old has made 13 starts in all competitions during the current campaign.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool17161042142849
2Leicester CityLeicester17123240112939
3Manchester CityMan City17112447192835
4Chelsea179263125629
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs177553224826
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd176742620625
7Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd176742116525
8Wolverhampton WanderersWolves175932421324
9Arsenal175752427-322
10Crystal Palace166461418-422
11Newcastle UnitedNewcastle176471724-722
12Burnley176382229-721
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton165472024-419
14Bournemouth175481924-519
15West Ham UnitedWest Ham175481928-919
16Everton175392029-918
17Aston Villa1743102330-715
18Southampton1743101836-1815
19Norwich CityNorwich1733111835-1712
20Watford171610932-239
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